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by Suhana Khan 9 months ago in culture · updated 7 months ago
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It is better to give Rishabh Pant a break - Indian Legendary Cricketer

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Rishabh Pant

South Africa captain Dean Elgar hit a superb 96 not out to guide South Africa to an emphatic seven wicket win in the second Test against India at the Wanderers on Thursday which levels the three-match series at 1-1. What had been expected to be a tense chase on the fourth day became a comfortable win for the home side after rain delayed the start of play by almost six hours. When play did get under way after tea it was under heavily overcast skies with the floodlights on.

South Africa have beaten India in a Test match at the Wanderers for the first time ever, equalising the three match series 1-1 with a 7 wicket victory on Thursday. Regular rain washed out the first two sessions on the day but the clouds finally relented and umpires decided to have 34 overs of play on the day. That was enough for Elgar to chase down the 240, which is also South Africa's highest successful chase at this venue.

South Africa's batters batted fantastically and stitched partnerships on a tricky pitch as India's bowlers had a rare off-day with the ball. The seven-wicket loss also meant that India's record of not losing a Test match to South Africa at the 'Bullring' came to an end, just a week after the tourists breached Fortress Centurion. The hosts' were also helped by the fact that India conceded 11 wides, six leg-byes and one no-ball on day four.

The current Indian pace attack, which has scythed through several batting sides on foreign soil, put the under-fire South Africans under another severe examination. Handed a session to have a crack at the Proteas after the first two were lost to rain on the 4th day of 2nd Test match. South Africa defeated India by seven wickets in the second Test to level the three-match series 1-1 here on Thursday. After two sessions were lost to incessant rain, South Africa, chasing 240, came out needing 122 runs for a memorable win with eight wickets in hand.

Temba Bavuma gave a caught and bowled chance to Shardul Thakur before he had scored but then batted solidly to make 23 not out and stay with Elgar until the end. The captain was not quite able to complete his century but hit the winning runs with a flick for four off Ravichandran Ashwin. The decider in the three-match series will start at Newlands in Cape Town on Tuesday. When play did get under way after tea it was under heavily overcast skies with the floodlights on.

Pant was the hero of the Gabba breach as he played a match-winning knock of 89 not-out. During the Sydney Test before Gabba, he made 97 runs and India managed to draw that match after the heroics of Ravichandran Ashwin and Vihari. He was brilliant during the home series against England as he made 270 runs in four matches at an average of 54.

But in the last 13 innings, he has managed to score 250 runs and has made only a single half-century. The southpaw has been dismissed for a single-digit score six times in the last seven Test matches. He would definitely love to improve these numbers in the deciding Test match against South Africa in Cape Town.

Rishabh Pant tried to step out and hit Rabada but the ball took an edge of his bat and went straight to Kyle Verreynne. Sunil Gavaskar who was commenting at that time criticized Pant for his unnecessary stroke. Gavaskar was not the only one who blasted Pant for his shot selection at that time, he has been cornered by several former cricketers and Madan Lal is the latest to join the bandwagon.

During an interaction with the Aaj Tak channel, Lal mentioned that there is no doubt that Pant is a match-winner but he can’t bat like the way he did in the second innings. He further added that the wicketkeeper-batter should be given a break to collect his thoughts regarding how he should bat.

The 1983 World Cup winner also mentioned that Wriddhiman Saha is waiting for his opportunity and he is a more sensible batter than Pant.

“He should be given a break. And you have someone like Wriddhiman Saha. He is a sensible batsman. He is a very good wicketkeeper. But Pant has to decide how he wants to bat in Test cricket. If there is some doubt in his mind, it is better to give him a break. He is a match-winning player, but you cannot bat like this. You have to bat for the team and not for yourself,” Madan Lal said.


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